Northeastern University Hosts Boston Public School Students to Debate Kosovo Situation

March 3, 2008

United Nations Association of Greater Boston holds Third Annual Global Classrooms: Boston Model United Nations Conference

Who: Boston public schools Model United Nations teams, Ambassador Walter Carrington, United Nations Association of Greater Boston, and the Northeastern Model UN Team.

What: 150 Boston public school students will devise solutions to the current situation in Kosovo as they role-play UN ambassadors. The students will participate in a simulation of five UN committees, discussing Kosovo’s recent independence, minority rights, the economic future of the region, preservation of cultural sites and the refugee situation. Students will negotiate these issues using research, writing, public-speaking and debating skills they have developed through class work and after-school activities with assistance from the UN Association’s education staff and college Model UN trainers, which includes students from Northeastern.

Six students will be honored as “Urban Diplomats,” moving on to represent Boston at a national Model UN Conference in New York. The UN Association of Greater Boston works with Northeastern University and other donors to provide this experience to students from economically disadvantaged schools through Global Classrooms. This program helps educate students about confronting global issues through the UN process.

When: Friday, March 7, 2008

·Opening Ceremonies 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Ambassador Walter Carrington, Speaker

·First Student Debate Session 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

·Second Student Debate Session 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

·Closing Ceremonies 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: West Village F, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Why: For Boston public school students to participate in a forum for discussion and resolution of world issues with local peers.  Model UN empowers students with the skills and confidence for success in college and beyond.

Event Details: For more information about this event, please contact Julian Phillippi at (617) 482-4587 or Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373-2802 or via email at j.eriksen@neu.edu.

About Global Classrooms

Global Classrooms is a dynamic educational program using the empowering experience of Model UN to build global literacy.  Students learn negotiation and conflict resolution skills, as well as tolerance and respect for others.  Global Classrooms has reached over 100,000 students nationwide.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston.  Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world.  The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions.  For more information, please visit www.northeastern.edu.

For more information, please contact Jenny Catherine Eriksen at 617-373-2802 or at j.eriksen@neu.edu.

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